Babcock Wanson steam boiler top of the class at food peeling test centre
TOMRA Food, one of the world’s largest peeling solutions providers, has installed a Babcock Wanson VAP600RR Coil Type Steam Boiler into its test centre in Dublin, Ireland, where it is being used to carry out tests and demonstrations for food peeling applications.
The VAP600RR is being used at high pressure – 29 bar – to produce steam which is used to peel potatoes and other vegetables. Steam peeling is the most efficient method of removing skin from vegetables, resulting in significant savings of raw material and energy. TOMRA Food is the leader in steam peeling and food sorting, and their solutions are present in the processing facilities of the world’s leading food producers.
The TOMRA Food facility in Ireland is home to the company’s research and development team for steam peeling. From this base the team of experts host online steam peeling demonstrations, which enable food processors from around the world to be part of the demonstration and experience the performance of TOMRA’s peeling solution.
Although Babcock Wanson has worked with TOMRA Food on third-party projects on a number of occasions, this is the first time TOMRA Food has become a direct client. Previously, TOMRA Food used a different type of steam boiler to produce steam for the peeling process, but this was insufficient for their needs. The Babcock Wanson VAP600RR Coil Type Steam Boiler, featuring three full gas passes plus an in-built combustion air pre-heater for high operating efficiency, proved an ideal replacement.
With the availability of steam from a cold start in as little as three minutes and a low volume of water under pressure, the VAP600RR combines efficiency with safety, even at very high working pressure, all of which made it the ideal choice for this unusual application where usage is intermittent. A further benefit is its small footprint and no requirement for a large pressure vessel, making it fit into the relatively small confines of the test centre and enabling it to be installed locally to the steam user.
Babcock Wanson has supplied the VAP600RR with a full set of ancillaries, including water treatment, feed tank, blowdown vessel and separator.
About TOMRA Food
TOMRA Food designs and manufactures sensor-based sorting machines and integrated post-harvest solutions for the food industry, using the world’s most advanced grading, sorting, peeling and analytical technology. Over 8,000 units are installed at food growers, packers and processors around the world for fruits, nuts, vegetables, potato products, grains and seeds, dried fruit, meat and seafood. The company’s mission is to enable its customers to improve returns, gain operational efficiencies, and ensure a safe food supply via smart, useable technologies. To achieve this, TOMRA Food operates centers of excellence, regional offices and manufacturing locations within the United States, Europe, South America, Asia, Africa and Australasia.
TOMRA Food is a member of the TOMRA Group that was founded in 1972 that began with the design, manufacture and sale of reverse vending machines (RVMs) for automated collection of used beverage containers. Today TOMRA provides technology-led solutions that enable the circular economy with advanced collection and sorting systems that optimize resource recovery and minimize waste in the food, recycling and mining industries.
TOMRA has ~100,000 installations in over 80 markets worldwide and had total revenues of ~9,9 billion NOK in 2020. The Group employs ~4,300 globally and is publicly listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange (OSE: TOM).